Defund police ally Tishaura Jones faces crime rate spike in St. Louis after being elected the city's first Black woman mayor on a reform.
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I don’t believe there is a one size fits all approach to public safety," Jones said to the roughly five dozen onlookers within earshot of two loudspeakers.
"There are segments of the population who are more deeply affected by societal norms and pressure, stigma, and must be approached with an eye towards equity."
St. Louis must focus on its most vulnerable populations to address core problems first, Jones told the crowd, "rather than respond to people’s needs with arrest and incarceration."
Jones, who took office April 20, repeats this message wherever she can find a microphone. It has helped gain her national notoriety, since her second bid for mayor in three years made her the first Black woman to win the seat last fall.
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